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International Sport Coaching Framework Version 1.2


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    The International Sport Coaching Framework Version 1.2 is now available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

    Each year, millions of individuals worldwide become coaches. Despite their prevalence and influence, and the expectations placed on them, a systematic global effort to ensure coaches’ preparation for their posts is just taking shape.

    The International Sport Coaching Framework (Version 1.2) is an adaptable platform for that movement, providing a common language and set of principles about coaching on which the worldwide sport community can agree. Created by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), and Leeds Beckett University (LBU), the Framework represents a significant step toward establishing consensus on the
    • primary functions of a coach;
    • roles and responsibilities of a coach in athlete development;
    • qualifications, knowledge and core competences needed for coaching effectively; and
    • the methods by which coaches are educated, developed and certified.
    This version of International Sport Coaching Framework incorporates informed feedback, high-quality research and best practices from around the world to provide sport federations, coaching organisations, international federations and educational institutions with primary considerations for designing, benchmarking and refining their coaching education and certification programmes. The result is an authoritative yet adaptable document that facilitates the development of coaches and, ultimately, the enrichment of sport for all.

    Table of Contents

    International Sport Coaching Framework
    Version 1.2


    Introduction  A Step Forward for Coaching
    Chapter 1 Coaching Today
    Ever-Higher Expectations
    An Athlete-Centred Orientation
    A Stronger Development Network
    Chapter 2 Coaching Framework Foundations
    Global Relevance
    Practical and Flexible Applications
    Chapter 3 Coaching in Context
    Sport-Specific Emphasis
    Volunteer or Paid Status
    Primary Functions
    Key Responsibilities          
    Chapter 4 Coaching Focus
    Sport Participation
    Athlete Development 
    Contextual Fit
    Chapter 5 Coaching Roles
    Role Requirements
    Staff Assignments and Synergy
    Chapter 6 Coaching Knowledge and Competence
    Knowledge Areas
    Professional Knowledge
    Interpersonal Knowledge
    Intrapersonal Knowledge
    Functional Competence
    Task-Related Competence
    Chapter 7 Coaching Objectives
    Developing the Whole Athlete
    Teaching Lifelong Lessons                             
    Chapter 8 Coach Development
    Long-Term Process
    Educational Curriculum
    Experiential Learning and Mentorship
    Delivery by Coach Developers
    Chapter 9 Coach Certification and Recognition
    Educational Requirements
    Qualifying Standards
    Awards and Designations
    Chapter 10 Coaching Framework Applications
    Create High-Quality Coach Education and Development Programmes
    Evaluate and Improve Existing Programmes
    Define Areas for Research and Evaluation       
    Consider and Make Political Decisions
    Stimulate Global Exchange
    Promote Further Refinement
    About the Authors